NFL Alumni Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on an outreach and education initiative to help build COVID-19 vaccination confidence.
Rolling out nationally and in 20 NFL Alumni chapter cities and regions, the campaign features more than 40 current and retired NFL players who are speaking up to encourage people to address their questions, get informed, and make the decision about getting vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.
The campaign includes public service announcements from players, media interviews, and a campaign website highlighting player perspectives, answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines, and community events – such as player-supported vaccination events held in collaboration with local health care organizations across the country.
The NFL Alumni Health community outreach and education initiative appeals to those who are hesitant by acknowledging their concerns, dispelling common myths and driving them to resources that can help them make an informed decision.
To date, more than 40 current and former NFL players have agreed to participate in the campaign, including 20 Super Bowl Champions, 25 Pro Bowlers, and 15 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NFL Alumni CEO, Beasley Reece; NFL Alumni President, Bart Oates; NFL Alumni Board Member and Chairman of Board Chapters, Kyle Richardson, and NFL Alumni Co-Director of Health Care Initiatives, Billy Davis—all former NFL players—serve as Lead Ambassadors of the campaign. Janet Marchibroda serves as Executive Director of the campaign, also referred to as the NFL Alumni Health COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach and Education Initiative.
The campaign supports the triple mission of the independent, non-profit organization NFL Alumni, of “Caring for our Own,” “Caring for Kids” and “Caring for Our Community.” The purpose of NFL Alumni Health—a wholly-owned subsidiary of NFL Alumni—is to improve the health and wellness of NFL Alumni members and the broader public.
About NFL Alumni and NFL Alumni Health
Founded in 1967 by a small group of successful retired NFL players, NFL Alumni is one of the oldest and well-respected retired player organizations in professional sports. NFL Alumni’s mission is to inform, assist, and serve players in their post-NFL lives. NFL Alumni Health is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NFL Alumni, which is devoted to improving the health and wellness of NFL Alumni members as well as the general public, by providing informational resources, programs, services, and other programs.
About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention was founded in 1946 and is housed within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC’s mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and security of Americans from domestic or foreign health threats. To accomplish its mission, the CDC researches and informs the public about infectious diseases, food borne pathogens, environmental health, and occupational safety.